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Topic: Curiouser & Curiouser (in steel!)  (Read 2482 times)
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« on: March 23, 2009 07:53:20 PM »

I finally attempted some laser cut steel work! I began working with wood at first, then came acrylic and now metals. I really love the brushed finish. I'm going to play around with different thicknesses to find the perfect gauges for earrings for pendants. Finishing is quite tedious, much more so than acrylic. If anyone has any advice for finishing and polishing I'd love to hear it! Grin

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009 07:54:29 PM »

I'm in love with this necklace. This is fantastic!
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009 08:05:08 PM »

That is super lovely!
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009 08:09:07 PM »

I love your stuff but I'm always too afraid I'd break acrylic jewelry.  Steel is a lovely development!  I don't know what you've been using to finish the steel, but jeweler's files are pretty standard to get rough edges off metal.  They're tiny and pretty quick too... also sold at basically any home improvement store.
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2009 08:40:02 PM »

that's great. I love it. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2009 08:41:20 PM »

oh I want this! Very very cool!

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2009 08:58:30 PM »

Nifty!

Love anything Alice and Wonderland related usually though.

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2009 10:17:17 PM »

ohhh I love the steel!
Will you be doing A Lady Ought in steel as well?  I have been in love with that one forever, but I just KNOW I would snap the dancer's arm or the deer's head off in acrylic!
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2009 08:30:44 AM »

Hello Smiley

I hand cut pendants out of silver and copper and use a modified rock tumbler to polish my work. Our designs are similar in concept so i think it would work well for you. You need a hobby rock tumbler (like what you'd get at Michaels or other craft superstores... the kind you (or someone you know) probably had as a kid!) and about a lb of mixed steel shot from a jewelry supply place. put the shot in the tumbler, add your piece, a drop of dish soap and enough water to cover all the contents and turn it on. i usually let it go for 30-45min and check it. Let it run longer if you think it needs it. I don't know if the steel would rust in water, but i doubt it since it wouldn't be in there long. This won't take care of all your finishing - you'd still have to polish it with polishing papers to get a nice smooth surface, but this'll make it shine like a mirror.

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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2009 12:21:00 PM »

Gorgeous! I love this.
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